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Software Development Manager

IBM Washington, DC +10 locations

for efficiency and effectiveness • Monitoring scrum teams productivity • Assisting… IBM

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Security Software Sales Manager

IBM Washington, DC +10 locations

As a Solution Sales Manager you will manage a team of sales representatives who sell IBM's Security solutions to our largest clients (Industry… IBM

30+ days ago

Curam Software-Senior Business Managing Consultant

IBM Washington, DC +10 locations

• Gather and/or define requirements, often through interviews and facilitating meetings with client subject matter experts. • Provide information… IBM

20 days ago

Worldwide (WW) Storage Software Sales Operations Manager

IBM Washington, DC +10 locations

may change from time to time depending on the needs of the organization. This role has responsibility for a program or for two or more related… IBM

3 days ago

Enterprise Software Solutions and Verse Content Manager for Install Base

IBM Washington, DC +10 locations

• You will work closely with portfolio marketing to define the install base cohorts, define the buyer journey and content and work closely with… IBM

3 days ago

Software Release Manager

IBM Dallas, TX

include: • Work to guarantee smooth, predictable and timely delivery of software releases • Manage the deployment of deliverables into production… IBM

9 days ago

IBM Records Manager (IRM) Specialist/Senior Software Architect

IBM Baltimore, MD

Selected candidates may not need to travel for all projects outside of their metro area. However, all candidates must be able and willing to travel… IBM

20 days ago

C++ Software Development Manager

IBM Ireland Mulhuddart

IBM Analytics have an opportunity for an experienced C++ Development Manager to join a new ambitious, multi-year product development effort, at their… IBM

13 days ago

Software Engineering Manager

IBM Hortolândia

This is a first line management position to lead software development teams with the mission to leverage open systems software and infrastructure… IBM

30+ days ago


IBM Istanbul

The Software asset manager will be responsible for monitoring the IBM software assets to prevent IBM having a significant loss in this matter Will be… IBM

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    Advisory Engineer in STG, IBM

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    Current Employee - Advisory Engineer in Hopewell Junction, NY
    Current Employee - Advisory Engineer in Hopewell Junction, NY

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 8 years)


    Disclaimer: A lot of what I'm writing below of course depends on the work area and management chain. But I found this to be fairly pervasive policies in IBM in my 9+ years with the company.
    1. IBM's policies and management are very flexible when it comes to working remotely or accommodating various life situations (sick days, doctor visits, etc.). Management is encouraged to measure an employee by their work and impact, and not by hours spent at their office.
    2. Great colleagues! Though unfortunately, many have been leaving due to the instability of IBM's HW development business.
    3. At least in my area, there's a high level of flexibility on which projects should I undertake based on my and my management assessment of business impact.


    1. Unfortunately, IBM still uses the "normal distribution" rating system, where at the end of the year each employee is ranked as a top contributor (5%), above average contributor (15%), average contributor (~75%), and bottom contributor (5%). This curve is difficult to apply in the R&D world, where you may have many members of the team working long and hard hours, and end up being "average contributors" at the end of the year, because there just isn't room for all to be top contributors.

    2. The above may not be so disturbing, if only IBM didn't practically cancelled all raises, performance bonuses and incentive for the non top-performers. I've had a consistent "above average" rating in the last 4-5 years, and my raise and performance bonus were ridiculous mere 1.5-2% of my salary. Were I rated "average contributor" I would have gotten NOTHING. So you can imagine that people can go year after year without any raise to their salary.

    From talking to manager friend, this is IBM's way to eliminate the non-top-performers without having to fire them, as part of its direction of reducing US manpower.

    3. Hiring freeze in many areas - again, as part of IBM's attempt to reduce its workforce across North America and Europe we see many jobs move to the India and Far East markets. This is of course upsetting to see local teams shrink and disappear, especially when many great local IBM colleagues and experts begin to drop out. From my experience thus far working with India SW teams - they are still very far away from the standards I would have expected from US and Europe based teams.

    4. Poor top down communication about company's and divisions' future. Employees learn from rumors and news websites what's about to come...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management must keep in mind that it today's world, which is saturated with brilliant companies that hire top talent, IBM must remain competitive to attract great talent and hold on to it. In the meanwhile, we're seeing the opposite trend, where great people leave IBM for other companies, be it because of a more competitive package, dropping morale and many other reasons.

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